LLB, 2006 University of Western Ontario
Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD (Pharmacology and Toxicology), 1997 Dartmouth Medical School
BSc (Chemistry, Honours, cum laude), 1992 Bates College
Karen Townsend’s practice focuses on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food and drug law and intellectual property issues. She has substantial experience in all aspects of patents, including drafting and prosecution, and regulatory issues relating to acquiring, maintaining and defending patent rights. Karen also has significant expertise in advising on risk management of intellectual property and regulatory matters. She also assists clients interested in investing in life science companies in evaluating technologies and intellectual property portfolios.
Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property law (2016-2018)
Before joining Torys, Karen practised as a technology specialist and as a patent agent at U.S. intellectual property law firms, where she represented and advised many life science companies and universities.
As an Adjunct Professor at Western University Faculty of Law in 2013 and 2014, she taught a course on intellectual property law.
Karen has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented her work at many international conferences.